The Hawk doesn't die: 27-0 heading to A-10 Tourney
=== The Hawk doesn't die: 27-0 heading to A-10 Tourney ===
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jameer Nelson poured in 25 points and Chet Stachitas added 16, as second-ranked Saint Joseph's completed an undefeated regular season with an 82-50 rout of St. Bonaventure at Alumni Fieldhouse.
Nelson made 9-of-20 shots, including half of his eight three-point tries, and contributed eight rebounds with six assists. Delonte West chipped in 15 points for the Hawks (27-0, 16-0 A-10), who were coming off a narrow two-point victory at Rhode Island on Saturday.
St. Joe's became the first team to finish a regular season without a loss since UNLV in 1991. Top-ranked Stanford can do the same with a pair of victories this week.
"It's been a special season, but we have unfinished business here," said Nelson, whose jersey will be retired after the season.
Ahmad Smith and Patrick Lottin each scored 10 points for St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies (6-20, 2-13), who were granted permission to play in the A-10 Tournament last week despite their NCAA post-season ban, have lost 11 in a row.
The Hawks opened the game with the first seven points, the last five by Nelson.
The Bonnies never caught up.
A three-pointer by Stachitas gave St. Joe's a 21-6 lead with 11 1/2 minutes to play in the opening half and St. Bonaventure got only as close as 12.
A layup by Maurice Young pulled the Bonnies within 31-19, but Pat Carroll answered with a three-pointer for the Hawks and St. Joe's opened a 22-point cushion in the final minute before taking a 47-27 lead at the break.
A jumper by Marques Green got St. Bonaventure on the board to start the second half, but St. Joe's then reeled off the next 21 points to make it a laugher.
Nelson had 10 points during the burst, which Stachitas capped with a pair of free throws for a 68-29 advantage.
The Hawks led by 42 at 74-32 on a three-pointer by Nelson with 11 1/2 minutes left.
The only remaining question was whether Nelson would stay in the game long enough to set the school scoring record. He did not and is five shy of Bernard Blunt's mark of 1,985 points.
"One day his records will be broken, but no one will ever wear the No. 14 again," said Hawks head coach Phil Martelli. "He's the greatest player to ever wear a St. Joe's uniform."STBONNIES STJOSEPHS